The Mushroom Craze
🔥 Bonji Hot Takes: Volume 57 🔥
Hi all, welcome back to the Bonji Hot Takes! We hope your week has been filled with success and happiness. The weekend is near but we hope to offer some value before this week closes and you are enjoying the time off. Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms! These little fungi pack a punch when it comes to nutrition and flavor. Not only do they add a meaty texture to vegetarian and vegan dishes, but they also offer a variety of health benefits. Most people don't seem to enjoy mushrooms at first, but somewhere down the line, they become a fan. Regardless, we are still interested in what this mushroom craze is truly all about. What are the real benefits and will this be more than just a fad?
Are Mushrooms Worth The Hype? Below, we'll get into a couple of types of mushrooms to see what they offer and how you may use them in the kitchen. The initial draw to them isn't generally the flavor, but some do enjoy it for taste. It seems that sales have absolutely skyrocketed over the past few years due to the fact that they can often help you feel and perform better. We also want to dive a touch deeper and see if this trend is truly worth the hype, or if it's just another fad that will come and go.
First up, we have the king of mushrooms, the shiitake. These bad boys are packed with vitamins B and D, as well as lentinan, a compound that has been shown to boost the immune system. And let's not forget about the flavor! Shiitake mushrooms have a rich, umami taste that can add depth to soups, stir-fries, and pasta dishes. Overall, if you have any experience with mushrooms it probably involves these or what's next on our list. Next, we have the meaty and versatile portobello mushroom. These are a great source of niacin, which is essential for maintaining healthy skin and nerves. They are also said to have amazing intestinal and mental health benefits. Plus, they're a great meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans, as they have a similar texture to meat when cooked. In the vegan world, portobello mushrooms are everywhere. Some people may not like the taste, but many are flocking to these fungi. And let's not forget about the beloved button mushroom. These little guys may be small, but they pack a punch when it comes to nutrition. They contain antioxidants like selenium, which can help protect cells from damage. Plus, they have a mild, slightly nutty flavor that makes them a great addition to salads, sandwiches, and soups. As of late, these have been all the rave when cooking mushroom centered dishes. Last but not least, we have some exotic mushrooms. These varieties are becoming a smash hit across the country, with Whole Foods deeming an entire category to them. One specifically that stands out is the delicious oyster mushroom. These delicate mushrooms are packed with beta-glucans, which can help lower cholesterol levels. They also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Plus, their subtle, slightly sweet flavor makes them a great addition to stir-fries, soups, and other pasta dishes. ________________ In conclusion, there are countless types of mushrooms with countless ways to use them. Some may be meaty, some are sweeter, and some are just bland. People have found both eating them, taking them as supplements or even infusing drink with their favorite shrooms has held many benefits. Although they may not be everyone's first choice, there is definitely still some merit to the health claims. Overall, research has shown that some of the properties found in mushrooms could be remarkable for the human body. If we had to predict anything, we'd be on team mushroom. It seems that this could be more than a trend, as mushrooms are carving out their own market. However, we still suggest that you to do your own research before buying the newest “cure all" product.